Warning: Emails misusing the names of Anthony Macpherson and John Harding of Kingsley Napley LLP
14 December 2020
Emails have been sent misusing the names of Anthony Macpherson and John Harding of Kingsley Napley LLP
What is the scam?
We have been notified that individuals have received emails falsely claiming to be from a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).
The email seen by the SRA requests advance fee payment and provides banking details to the recipient and was sent from the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org."
The email appears to misuse the name of a genuine solicitor and the genuine address, fax number, DX and website link of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).
The email signature then uses the name John Harding and provides the contact numbers '+44 (0)20 7815 1268' and '+44 (0)20 6814 1900'.Any business or transactions through any email address with the domain “@kingsleynaplley.co.uk” are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice authorised and regulated by the SRA, or by an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Kingsley Napley LLP, whose head office address is Knights Quarter, 14 St. John’s Lane, London EC1M 4AJ. The telephone number is 020 7814 1200 and genuine website is www.kingsleynapley.co.uk
The genuine firm uses email addresses with the domain name "@kingsleynapley.co.uk". The genuine firm employs a genuine solicitor called Anthony Macpherson and a genuine solicitor called John Harding.
The genuine firm of Kingsley Napley has confirmed that neither the firm nor their employees Anthony Macpherson and John Harding have any genuine and intended connection to the emails referred to in the alert above.
What should I do?
When a firm's or individual's identity has been copied exactly (or cloned), due diligence is necessary. If you receive correspondence claiming to be from the above firm(s) or individual(s), or information of a similar nature to that described, you should conduct your own due diligence by checking the authenticity of the correspondence by contacting the law firm directly by reliable and established means. You can contact the SRA to find out if individuals or firms are regulated and authorised by the SRA and verify an individual's or firm's practising details. Other verification methods, such as checking public records (e.g. telephone directories and company records) may be required in other circumstances.